Study Guide

Shu and Tefnut

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Way back before the world was made, Atum the creator sat lonely and alone. Finally he decided to create something, so he wouldn't be lonely anymore. His first two children were twins named Shu and Tefnut: air and moisture. From Shu and Tefnut, came Geb and Nut (earth and sky) and everything in them. Atum was so happy to have company that he cried, and his tears turned into people. It's a crazy story, but isn't it sweet? These twins have been there and seen it all.

Basic Information


Shu and Tefnut (The "nut" in Tefnut rhymes with "boot")


Ruti (The Twin Lions), The Eyes of Atum, Wonder Twins, Left and Right


Shu is male, Tefnut is female

Current city

Iunu (Heliopolis, modern Cairo)

Work & Education


Blowing up a storm as the wind and rain


Their father Atum taught them everything


Political views

Atum is their maker and lord

Family & Friends (& Enemies)


Only one: Atum


They are brother and sister. Not sure how it works, but sometimes, Ra is their brother, too.


Geb and Nut


Our friends are our family. Everything that exists is our child.


We're far too old for enemies.


Relationship status

Married to each other

Interested in

Each other. Back off!


TV Shows

The Following
So tense! You need our point of view, so you can catch killers faster.

Parks and Recreation

The great outdoors was never this funny.

After a long day of keeping earth and sky apart, we catch up with The Colbert Report.


You can't take the sky from us. (Really. You can't. She's our daughter.)


"'Tis an ill wind that blows no minds." – Malaclypse the Younger (Gregory Hill)

"The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore." – W. Somerset Maugham, in
Of Human Bondage

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." – Latin proverb

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." – Jerry Chin

"Who wants to be right as rain?" – Adele


Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Don't let anybody tell you old people can't feel love. We do!

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Sure, his books about Egyptian mythology are fun. But the Greek ones are even better.

by Rudyard Kipling
Did you know that our friend, Ra, has a mongoose form like Rikki-tikki? Bet you didn't.

On long winter nights, we like to read the Book of Genesis out of the Bible. Tefnut especially loves the story of 40 days and nights of rain….

The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
What's life without a little wind and rain? Especially a little magic wind and rain?

The Three Little Pigs

Shu can huff and puff and blow everything down…these pigs got nothing.

Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers

These guys were crazy!

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
We get around it daily, but we understand it takes you mortals a bit longer


Leonard Cohen's music fills our days, even though it's sort of sad, like Famous Blue Raincoat.

Over the Rainbow
by Judy Garland
That's where you'll find us.

Bohemian Rhapsody
by Queen
In the sky, you can headbang forever. We prefer Freddie Mercury.

Stairway to Heaven
by Led Zeppelin
Don't tell Nut we're selling it.

Fire and Rain
by James Taylor
We've seen every day, and we know they'll never end.

Only Happy When it Rains
by Garbage
Such a happy tune for such sad lyrics!


Singing in the Rain
Wish we could dance this well! Maybe we just need practice.


Bond movies are the bomb. But the sky better stay where it is. (You hear us, Nut?)

The Perfect Storm

Respect nature or else.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Some of Shu's winds go interesting places….

The Wizard of Oz

…and sometimes, we drop houses on wicked witches.

We love science fiction. The Star Wars films were great, especially The Empire Strikes Back.

The Ghost and the Darkness

Our lion forms are called The Breeze and The Wetness.


Did you cry at the beginning? We cried at the beginning.

Activities & Interests


Varsity Sailing
Short lines at the ice cream stand
Being able to watch the whole earth from above
Cloudy days


Giant wind turbines
Airplanes and aviation
Sustainable living
Big cats


Ancient Egyptian Gods 
Egyptian Mythology 
Wind Power Now! 
Wind and Rain Against the Window At Night 
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